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Who wields influence amongst UK online journalists?

Well. I’m back from my break in France, and feeling relaxed, refreshed and recharged. There’s much blogging I want to do, but I’ve been flat out with strategy and training and liaison and other exciting work things since I returned. My diary opens up a bit from tomorrow, so expect a bit more posting then.

In the meantime, my ego, pesky little thing that it is, won’t let me getting away without linking to this list of the UK’s most influential online journalists. At the moment I’m 18th, and probably the 2nd most influential B2B journalist after Patrick Smith:
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If you fancy helping demote me, they’re looking for suggestions for 50 more people to add to the list.

Reading the Internet: it’s work, honest

Mary Hamilton:

I take what I’ve read and I pass the best bits on, because that’s the other kind of journalism I do, and because I hope that my personal Twitter account is just as much a resource and a source as any professional one, and I hold myself to higher standards still. And I keep what’s relevant and use it every day to inform the decisions I make and the way I work, to back up my hunches and make sure I’m always learning more about what I’m doing.

I, too, have a job where reading the internet is in the job description. Honestly, it rocks. Feel free to hate us now.

Less News, More Reporting

Farmers Weekly colleague Caroline on the sheer rudeness of the coalition government:

It’s taken long enough, but we’ve finally got ourselves a new DEFRA secretary. Caroline Spelman was announced as the department’s head honcho at about 7pm last night.

If I were paranoid, I’d say the politicians were timing their announcements just to wind us journos up. Gordy decided to tell everyone he was stepping down at 5pm (probably just as most of the national newspapers were getting ready to set their pages), while we were on our third version of the lead story for this week’s Farmers Weekly, ready to push the button to send the magazine to the printer, when Cazza got the official nod.

Ah, the tyranny of print, the necessity of delay, as the presses roll, the collators and binders work and the trucks deliver. 

But that’s not the only tyranny at work:

Take, for instance, the Haiti earthquake of January 12 this year. It got almost blanket news coverage for days, running on the front page of the national newspapers and precipitating a huge outpouring of donations. But then, slowly, despite the 230,000 estimated deaths and the rebuilding campaign led by Wyclef Jean, the earthquake was overtaken by ‘new’ news stories.

Ciaran attributes it to the fickle market for news. But I can’t help but wonder if it’s a touch more complicated than that. For one thing, we have the tyranny of space – the limitation enforced by the physical number of pages in a publication. But we also have the tyranny of news over reporting. The internet is damn good at news – far better than paper ever was, and ever will be now. 
But print is damn good at reporting – at long, in depth reporting. Words, photos, infographics. All the things that print does so well. Would I buy a magazine with some really well-researched, written and produced updates on the Haiti situation? Damn right, I would. 
Maybe, just maybe, we need a little less news and a little more reporting. 

Was This An Online Election?

So, how has the online media done on this election? The BBC has reported unprecedented levels of traffic to its site this morning, but Paul Bradshaw has a good post up, suggesting that there’s a degree of homogenisation amongst the online news outlets

One of Computer Weekly‘s bloggers is claiming that It Was Twitter Wot Won It, but I’m not sure I agree. Pre-election, I found Twitter too much of an echo chamber, and I’ve seen both Labour and LibDem supporters acknowledging that overnight. I’ve actually found it more interesting in the last eight hours or so, for discussion of consequences, rather than as a bellwether for the likely result. 
Personally, I got most of my news from the TV – the BBC in fact – only switching largely to the internet once I got into the office. How about you?